Wilson College is located on a beautiful 1,100-acre campus in a
mountain valley that American Indians called "Swannanoa",
meaning "land of beauty". Over the years the setting has
inspired community, creativity, learning, and a sense of harmony
with the environment. The Mission of Warren Wilson College is to
provide an education combining liberal arts study, work, and service
with a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and experiential
opportunities for international and cross-cultural understanding
in a setting that promotes wisdom, spiritual growth, and contribution
to the common good.
is woven into the fabric of Warren Wilson. It is grounded in our
rich history of place and purpose, embedded by generations of community
members who have modeled our fundamental commitment to connect values
to action. The practice of sustainability flows from the College
mission, which serves as our compass for responsible citizenship,
and from our unique liberal arts model of engaged learning. Warren
Wilson College affirms a commitment to spiritual growth and social
responsibility; and invites to its educational community individuals
who are dedicated to personal and social transformation, and to
stewardship of our natural environment.
Launched in January 1996, the Environmental Leadership Center raises
awareness of local, national and global environmental realities
and inspires caring citizens - especially our youth - to reflect,
to communicate, and to act as responsible caretakers of the earth.
The ELC is integral to and supports the central mission of Warren
Wilson College - to provide an education combining liberal arts
study, work, and service, with a strong commitment to environmental
responsibility and experiential opportunities for international
and cross-cultural understanding in a setting that promotes wisdom,
spiritual growth, and contribution to the common good.
The Environmental Leadership Center is determined to foster the
dialog, develop the leaders, and apply the practices required to
implement systemic change. Its vision is global, its focus is regional,
and its initiatives are action-oriented and designed to address
the most pressing environmental issues
have constituted the core work-force for the College since its founding
more than a century ago. Today each residential student works 15
hours each week on one of more than 100 work-crews that help run
the college, and the work helps offset the cost of room and board.
The work-crews give students experiential learning opportunities
in their fields of study. For example, pre-veterinary students care
for the hogs and cattle on the 300-acre College farm; education
majors assist in the Head Start Program at the Early Learning Center;
while other students might work in one of the computer centers.
student is also responsible for giving 100 hours of community service
in the Asheville community, their own home town, or in another country.
The College believes that service to society enables students to
make a difference in the world and to better understand the needs
of the others. Because students, faculty and staff live, work and
serve together, there is a strong sense of community.
Warren Wilson’s iconic EcoDorm, which opened in 2003 as a
pioneering model of energy-efficient building designs and renewable-energy
technologies, has become the first building on a college campus
to achieve LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Buildings
category. Platinum certification is the highest rating level a building
can receive under the LEED system.
on its mountain location Warren Wilson is in partnership with North
Carolina Outward Bound, and the outdoor leadership major has become
one of the College's most popular fields of study. The College's
location just outside Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, provides
many fascinating opportunities for students including kayaking,
mountain biking, caving, and rock climbing.
Sustainable Economic Developm't Conservation Biology
Latin American Studies
Yoga in the Pavilion